Civic Education Grants Announcement

March 7, 2001

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants totaling

$50,000 in 2000-2001 to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others

improve the quality of civics instruction, with priority on the role of

Congress in our federal government. Areas of interest include designing

lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional

technology in the classroom.

Teachers (4th through 12th grades), community and junior college faculty,

and college and university faculty are eligible as are teacher-led student

teams and individuals who develop curriculum. Priority will be given to the

following disciplines: history, government, social studies, political

science, and education.

Institutions and organizations are not eligible. Inter-institutional

consortia and other groups of individual may apply, but grant funds may not

be used to defray indirect costs or overhead expenses. The funds are

intended solely to produce “deliverables” of use to classroom teachers.

Preliminary proposals may be submitted at any time. Awards will be made

three times per year in October, January, and May. To be considered, all

application materials must be received by the first of the month in which

selections are made. Complete information about eligibility and application

procedures may be found at The Center’s Web site —

( Frank Mackaman is the

program officer (

The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is

a private, non-partisan, nonprofit research and educational organization

devoted to the study of Congress and its leaders. The Center created the

Michel Civic Education Grants to fund practical classroom strategies to

improve the quality of teaching and learning about civics, with a particular

emphasis on the role of Congress in the federal government. The goal of

education in civics, we believe, is informed, responsible participation in

political life by competent citizens. Current levels of political knowledge,

political engagement, and political enthusiasm leave much to be desired.

Part of the solution rests in better instructional practices.


Frank H. Mackaman

The Dirksen Congressional Center

301 South 4th Street, Suite A

Pekin, IL 61554


309.347.6432 FAX